Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua
Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua

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Li Zhi is remembered for pleading with angry crowd to disperse and avoid further violence

Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua
Li Zhi, pictured in on September 3, 2009, begging a crowd of protesters in Urumqi to disperse and avoid further violence. Photo: Xinhua
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